Transforming Difficulties Into Triumphs and How I Came to Create a Self-Help Workbook to Help Others Discover Their Unique Life Meaning and Purpose
In 2012 I attended an introductory course in Logotherapy at the University of South Africa. There I met the course leader Teria Shantall and I was so inspired by what I discovered, that I set about thinking how I could apply what I had learned, not only in my own life, but also by reaching out to and helping others. I share with you an excerpt from Day 13 in my workbook about my watershed moment.
Day 13 – Your Watershed Moment
“Sitting in the tiny space my daughter called a ‘cupboard’, waiting for the sale of my home to go through and the funds to be released, I saw in a flash that my life would need to change even more radically. In moving towards unfolding the meaning in my own life, I would need to move away from where I now lived and cross the country to make a new life in another place, in another city, in another climate. In this watershed moment, I realised that I would like to work with folks who have experienced trauma and who are struggling to make their now changed lives meaningful. For this reason, I applied to several universities to do a PhD. One accepted me, and I embarked upon a cross-country journey to unfold my meaning out of difficulties and challenges, by working towards helping others to unfold and find theirs.”
Sadly, I was not able to complete my research, and although I felt devastated by being unable to change my circumstances of ill health, I re-evaluated what I might do instead. I decided to create and publish a workbook that could potentially help others experiencing difficulties in life. I felt the “… need to make available to as wide a group of people as possible the potential to overcome life difficulties and transform these into triumphs. Initially many of these stories were to form part of a PHD research project with trauma sufferers. Due to ill health, I was unable to continue with this research. I began to think about how I could use this material in a different way, so that it could reach more people and potentially enrich their lives. In this way, the workbook came into being. My life purpose is to help others to discover and unfold their purpose and unique meaning and calling in life.”
I also began to offer life coaching online with a focus on discovering meaning and purpose in life and training folks in mindfulness skills.
I am a life coach who specialises in helping folks discover their unique life purpose and meaning in life especially in difficult or challenging times. Because I have been through many major changes in my own life, divorce, single motherhood, full-time work and study, loss of loved ones, aging and illness, I made a decision to move to the Cape four years ago. My focus is to bring my life experience in finding my own WHY and purpose to help you to find yours including what I have learned in my PHD research. I also guide clients in mindfulness practices to assist them in dealing with all that life might present them with. I am the author of the self-help workbook Transform Difficulties Into Triumphs in 30 Days. A Story-Based Workbook based on the thought of Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy, available on Amazon in digital and paper back format and in other stores.
Excellence Reporter 2019